Day 2 in Rome, Italy

Our second day in Rome and first full day was definitely filled with amazing sites and experiences! Our day began early as we wanted to ensure that we could figure out the metro system in order to get to our Colosseum tour on time. We arrived earlier than anticipated and enjoyed our first few sights of the amazing structure.

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The Colosseum which is not named this because it is “colossal” but actually because of the colossal statue of Nero located nearby the structure. 

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Our audioguide tour described how the stadium served as the basis for modern day sporting arenas. In fact, the reason we call them arenas is because the base of the stadium was filled with sand and the latin word for sand is arena (cool huh?). 
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The gladiator battles that took place here sounded pretty intense, but the theatrical performances sounded amazing as they imported wild beasts and animals from other countries. 
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People who were of the highest status got front row seats and had their names carved into the seats (mostly senators) and lower class people where situated in the high up seats (cheap seats!). 

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It is estimated that the colosseum could hold between 40,000 and 70,000 spectators and is the largest amphitheater ever built. 

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Afterward we were both feeling hungry for breakfast and stopped at a café.

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Figuring out directions and sipping café americano

Following the breakfast break, we made our way to the Roman Forum which essentially is this huge area that they have blocked off to protect ancient Roman buildings and columns that are still standing today!

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Me figuring out directions… again

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The beautiful Roman Forum

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The colosseum in the back

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Trying to be one with the statue. 

After we walked through the Vittoriano.

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We climbed up for a nice view

We eventually stopped at a small café for a little bit of rest and some appetizers. We enjoyed bruschetta and sardines with mozzarella and prosciutto. Afterwards we ate at our first Italian dinner restaurant (and the first time Mom and I could enjoy a glass of wine in public together!).

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My first course of noodles and clams
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Mom with her lasagna. 

Afterwards we ran into some local street art, the Trevi Fountain and stopped for gelato before getting on the metro line home.

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The Trevi Fountain
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Gelato

Overall, it was a successful second day here in Rome! We are both enjoying ourselves very much and having a great time together!

Worry less and smile more. 

 

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